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MLB suspends Byrd for 50 games for doping

MLB suspends Byrd for 50 games for doping

Outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
MLB said the 34-year-old Byrd tested positive for tamoxifen, which can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. It is often used to treat breast cancer patients.
"I made an inexcusable mistake," Byrd said in a statement released by the players' association. "Several years ago, I had surgery for a condition that was private and unrelated to baseball. Last winter, I suffered a recurrence of that condition and I was provided with a medication that resulted in my positive test. Although that medication is on the banned list, I absolutely did not use it for performance enhancement reasons."
Byrd is currently a free agent, and will be placed on the restricted list for the duration of his suspension, which began immediately. He started the season with the Chicago Cubs and was dealt to the Boston Red Sox on April 21. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 9 and released four days later.
Byrd hit .210 in 47 games with the two teams, though he hit .270 with a homer and seven RBIs in 34 games with Boston. The Red Sox picked him up when they had a shortage in the outfield after a rash of injuries.
He has played for five teams in 11 major league seasons and is a career .278 hitter. He was a National League All-Star in 2010.


Updated : 2021-10-21 11:27 GMT+08:00